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Senate Panel Approves Geithner

It looks like Timothy Geithner’s back taxes haven’t knocked his confirmation off track: The Senate Finance Committee approved Obama’s choice for Treasury Secretary today 18 to 5, sending him now to the Senate for a full vote. All five dissenters were Republicans, including the GOP’s ranking member on the panel, Chuck Grassley. Obama is hoping for a quick Senate approval for Geithner, so their economic rescue work can begin.